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Breast Cancer Side Effects Articles

Breast Cancer Side Effects Articles

Library Articles: Breast Cancer Side Effects

  • Questions to Ask About Biopsies and Cancer Diagnosis - When you need a biopsy, here are some questions from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that you may want to ask your physician.
  • Stages of Breast Cancer - When breast cancer is diagnosed, tests will be done to find out if the cancer has spread from the breast to other parts of the body. This is called staging, and is an important step toward planning a treatment program.
  • Symptom Management Overview - Knowing what to expect before you begin treatment makes you aware of possible side effects.
  • Symptom Management: Constipation, Impaction & Bowel Obstruction - The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that constipation, impaction, and bowel obstruction are common problems for cancer patients.
  • Symptom Management: Delirium - Delirium is defined by the NCI as a malfunction of the brain with no specific cause. Symptoms may come and go or begin suddenly.
  • Symptom Management: Fatigue - NCI reports that fatigue occurs in 78 to 96 percent of people with cancer, especially those receiving treatment for their cancer.
  • Symptom Management: Fever, Chills & Sweats - Body temperatures follow a rhythm, being lower in the morning and higher in the afternoon. With cancer patients, a fever may be a sign of a serious infection and should be reported to your physician immediately.
  • Symptom Management: Hair Loss - If your cancer treatment involves chemotherapy, hair loss (alopecia) is a common side effect. However, you should know that not all drugs cause hair loss.
  • Symptom Management: Lymphedema Prevention and Treatment - Although impossible to predict who will develop lymphedema, there are several risk factors you should keep in mind if you're having breast cancer treatment that involves your lymphatic system.
  • Symptom Management: Nausea & Vomiting - According to the NCI, not all cancer patients will experience nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Symptom Management: Oral Complications - According to the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), most cancer patients don't know that visiting a dentist can make a difference in their cancer treatment.
  • Symptom Management: Sleep Disorders - Sleep disorders among cancer patients may be caused by tumor growth, cancer therapy, or other factors, says the NCI.
  • Symptom Management: What is Lymphedema? - The NCI defines lymphedema as an abnormal collection of too much tissue protein, fluid (edema), chronic inflammation, and thickening of connective tissue.
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